North Highlands Intersection Crash Involves Two Vehicles

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February 10, 2023
Edward Smith

Intersection Crash at Melrose Drive Results in Minor Injuries

A two-vehicle intersection crash in North Highlands on February 9 resulted in minor injuries. The crash happened at the Melrose Drive intersection with Bolivar Avenue around 7:46 a.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who responded to the incident said the collision involved a Chevy pickup and a Honda Accord. 

Injuries in Intersection Crash Determined to Be Minor

Both of the vehicles had already pulled over on the right-hand side of Bolivar Avenue when officers arrived. At least one individual had a complaint of pain following the intersection accident, however, the injuries were determined to be minor. An investigation by the CHP will determine fault in the crash.

Intersections Are Dangerous

Almost 50 percent of all crashes occur at intersections, and most are caused by negligent drivers. At these crossroads, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists are present, complicating traffic and increasing the risk of accidents. Collisions are often caused by:

  • The most common cause of intersection accidents is drivers running red lights.
  • Distracted drivers tend to lose focus on traffic around them when they are texting or doing another activity while driving.
  • Drunk drivers often cause traffic collisions, including intersection accidents. 
  • A speeding driver cannot stop in time when the light changes. There are many rear-end collisions caused by speeding motorists.
  • Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are injured when drivers turn right negligently.
  • Making a left turn improperly can cause an intersection crash. Drivers turn just as the arrow changes to red, so they can pass through the intersection ahead of oncoming traffic. 
  • Traffic lights that do not work, potholes and other problems can cause accidents at intersections. A government entity may be responsible for maintaining the intersection and be held liable for injuries. Because the claim has to be filed within six months, getting help from a lawyer could be advisable.
  • A sticking accelerator, failed brakes or a locked steering wheel can cause a collision. It is possible to hold the manufacturer responsible through an auto product liability claim. Following a collision, a vehicle should be retained for inspection. 

Accident Investigations at Intersections

When someone is injured by a negligent driver or for another reason, evidence is essential to support their claim for compensation. We look for evidence in a variety of areas, including:

  • The police report is checked for errors since inaccuracies could affect the compensation claim.
  • Traffic cameras might have caught the intersection crash in the area. Proof of negligence can be obtained by serving a subpoena.
  • Interviews are conducted with any witnesses who may have seen the accident at the intersection. Some people may have recorded the accident on their cell phones, which provides compelling evidence to support a client’s claim for compensation.
  • Crash positions and the manner in which the collision occurred are calculated during accident reconstruction.

Using the evidence gathered, our injury attorneys build a powerful case for our clients’ compensation claims.

North Highlands Personal Injury Attorney

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a North Highlands personal injury attorney. Injuries and high medical bills can result from another driver’s negligence, as well as lost wages. If you would like to discover if you may be eligible for compensation, please contact one of our accident attorneys for free and friendly advice. Our contact numbers are (916) 921-6400 and (800) 404-5400. You can also contact us online.

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